Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said that his government will not take the actions by RUBIS lightly and intends to write to the French government.
RUBIS West Indies Limited, Dominica recently announced the suspension of fuel sales to its customers following significant financial losses incurred since entering Dominica in 2011 and which have accrued at an even greater pace for the past six years. A statement released by the company claims that these losses are due to highly unfavourable mandated fuel prices, which are below the true importation value of fuel.
“RUBIS is a French-owned company and I intend to take this up with the French government as well,” Prime Minister Skerrit said.
According to him, the situation borders on undermining
the country’s national security, and, “I don’t think the government should take that action by RUBIS lightly.”
He believes this is a matter that certainly will receive serious attention from his government.
“We intend to write to the French authority,” Skerrit stated. “If there is a misunderstanding or negotiation you don’t withdraw your services given negotiations have not been concluded.”
Furthermore, he said as far as his government is concerned there is no dispute whatsoever.
“You asked us for an increase we agreed that the increase will be lower than what you accepted and we said when the price of petroleum goes down in the international market at a reasonable rate we will look at extending that profit margin in the interim to cushion the impact [on] yourself and the consumers of the country,” he remarked.
He continued, “The treasury of the country is paying you 85 cents per gallon [of] gasoline sold to the Dominican public, and therefore there is no dispute whatsoever, so it’s not because you made a request the request must be approved and if it’s not approved at the time you wanted it to be approved you declare that there is an issue.”
The Prime Minister asked, “what if RUBIS was the only gas station in Dominica or the only supplier of petroleum products in Dominica?”
Meanwhile, Dominica News Online (DNO) understands that termination letters have been handed to employees of RUBIS gas station.
Employees of that company held a protest outside that business place on Friday following the issuing of the letter.